California Dolphin: statewide California news

Northern California brothers among Americans killed in Ethiopian crash

Among the eight Americans killed in Sunday’s crash of an Ethiopian jetliner were two brothers from Northern California.
Melvin and Bennett Riffel of Redding were taking a last vacation together before the birth this spring of Melvin’s first child, family members told the Redding Record-Searchlight . Melvin’s wife, Brittney, had been with them in Australia but had returned home on an earlier flight.
Both brothers graduated from Shasta High School, Melvin in 2007 and Bennett in 2010, NBC News reported.  Melvin worked for Caltrans in Redding.
The other Americans identified are:

Antoine Lewis, 39, of Matteson, Illinois. An Army captain who was stationed in Ottawa, Canada, he had gone to Ethiopia to do missionary work on a vacation. He was considering moving to Africa when he retired from the military, his mother told Chicago TV station WLS. He leaves a wife and a 15-year-old son.
Mucaad Hussein Abdullah, 31, of Saint Cloud, Minnesota. He had been in Morocco with his wife, whom he had recently married, and was en route to Nairobi before a planned return to the United States, the Saint Cloud Times reported . He had lived in Saint Cloud since 2006 and had graduated from high school there in 2008. He was working as a truck driver, the Minneapolis Star Tribune said.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 came down in a field soon after takeoff Sunday from Addis Ababa. All 157 people on board were killed.
 

Top News

Ain't No God; don't even think about theism

UnFox News: not a propaganda arm of the Republican party